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Snuggles and Molars

2012 July 19
by Becky

A cough.

A gasp.

A piercing wail in the night.

For the first time in almost six months, Ethan jolted out of his nightly slumber. I raced upstairs and burst into his room expecting the worst. He was standing up, griping the crib rail, and practically jumped into my outstretched arms.

“What’s wrong?” I squeaked. He responded with a cough, a gag, another cough, and a burp. Sensing another gag, I raced to the bathroom and stood by the tub to catch any mess. A couple cough/gags later and he stopped. One tear falling down his little cheek, a single wimper escaping his lips.

As I rocked him, sitting on the side of the tub, his head fell against my chest, my chin settling in his hair. His breathing slowed. In seconds he was fast asleep.

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Welcome to Molar Week.

Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. (That’s my sinister intro laugh)

Welcome to a week of random crying, “stage-five” clinging, food pickiness, whining, snot wiping, post-nasal-drip coughing, and fountain-ious drooling. All due to these two huge molars emerging in the top of Ethan’s mouth.

Never, in alost 19 months, has Ethan shown any discomfort while teething. But this time he’s pretty miserable. I thought it must be an ear infection or a cold, but a look in the ears and a $20 co-pay-peace-of-mind later, he was diagnosed with molar-itus. AKA I-want-my-mamma-all-the-time-and-no-one-else-itus.

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Good thing it’s a cool 98 degrees outside (heat index of 105) so we are trapped in the house most of the day. I haven’t been able to go to the gym all week due to The Peanut’s mamma obsession. Well, we actually went into the gym, but after 15 minutes I was beckoned back to the Kidz Klub to retrieve my sobbing child who was pitifully moaning “Mamma, mamma, mamma” over and over again. I can just hear myself getting fatter.

When we do leave the house, the sheer amount of drool running in a constant current from his mouth is a problem. He can soak a shirt in about two minutes, so at places like Gymboree I run around after The Peanut with a pre-fold diaper, wiping up drips as they emerge. You’ll also notice the increased appearance of bandanans…they are there for a reason people! (Not, as someone suggested, because he joined a baby gang)

The coughing is caused by post-nasal drip which is in turn caused by the teething. It’s painful listening to Little Man hacking through the monitor. The Benedryl seems to help, but by morning the coughing is non-stop. Warm milk with honey helps a little.

So while the last few days have been exhausting, I can’t help but admit part of me really enjoys the extra snuggles I’ve gotten through this painful process.

Ethan is so busy and mobile now, he doesn’t want to just snuggle up on the couch or a chair like he used to. I think about all those mornings we would cuddle up in bed after his morning “meal”…they feel like a dream. Every night when I’d rock him to sleep, singing song after song…those memories feel like a story I told myself. It’s my first taste of what it’s like to watch my baby grow up. Watch him not need me a little more every day.

But, I regress.

These molars suck and I hope they will quit bothering my baby very soon. Like tomorrow.

In the meantime I will be feeding Ethan frozen grapes (did you know they don’t freeze solid?!), enjoying extra snuggles, watching a little more Pixar classics than we’d usually allow, and putting on a few extra LB’s from the lack of physical activity. Unless sitting in the shallow end of the pool playing with Ethan counts as exercise.

What do you do when your baby is teething? When did he/she have all their teeth? 

13 Responses
  1. July 20, 2012

    I’m sorry that Ethan is having a hard time, but excuse me while I gag that you never had him wake up at night or have trouble teething before 18 MONTHS!!! Not that I want you to be miserable, but welcome to my world as it’s been for the past four years!

    I reallllly hope you guys are doing better soon. Molars, along with potty training, are my least favorite part of parenting. Get some juice pops and try to stay cool today, I’ll be thinking of you!

    • Becky permalink*
      July 20, 2012

      Good perspective Amber! Like slap across the face (in a good way)…I needed that. :)
      When it’s really hot all I can think about is your old apartment with no AC…I don’t know how you did it!

  2. July 20, 2012

    Man, molars suck. Lorelai’s actually didn’t bother her as much as I’d have expected, but they still weren’t fun. Her canines have been the harder part — they’ve been starting to come through, then disappearing, rinse repeat for months now. Ugh.

    • Becky permalink*
      July 21, 2012

      It’s funny you say that because I’ve thought I noticed teeth emerging one day and the next they are gone. I thought I was crazy!

  3. Sandy Schon permalink
    July 20, 2012

    Soo sorry he feels bad!! Enjoy the extra attention and snuggles while you can.

    Forgot to mention how cute the Keens are!! His feet look huge.

    • Becky permalink*
      July 21, 2012

      Yep, my $24 Ebay Keens…brand new in box. Score!!

  4. Rachel permalink
    July 21, 2012

    We are going through this too with the canines now. My daughter is 16 months and just like her molars came in all 4 at once so are her canines! It makes for a very cranky whiny toddler. I do use Hylands teething tablets and acetaminophen when it gets really bad. I feel so bad for her because it must be so uncomfortable for them.

    • Becky permalink*
      July 21, 2012

      I haven’t tried Hylands! I might have to grab some when the canines make their decent. I feel horrible too…it has to be SO painful!!

  5. Angela Rau permalink
    July 21, 2012

    Great story. So many hours of patient and love required to get through this hurdle. I am sure Ethan is grateful you are their for him during this confusing time. You are an amazing Mother. Attached you will find a fun website that has great ideas for a VERY HOT SUMMER DAY. Please let me know what you think.

    • Becky permalink*
      July 21, 2012

      Thanks for the fantastic website Angela!! I have it bookmarked and “pinned” :)

  6. Grandpa & Grandma Voboril permalink
    July 21, 2012

    We hope the little man feels better soon.

  7. Lara permalink
    July 21, 2012

    I’m extremely grateful that you wrote this today. I’ve been going through a similarly difficult period with Luke, and I’m thinking now I need to feel around in his mouth to see if there is any molar action. Feel better Ethan! Feel better too, Mommy!

    • Becky permalink*
      July 21, 2012

      Well you saw him at Gymboree…he was NOT himself. And that was a good day!

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